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Old 06-25-2012, 06:47 AM
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I bought a 45 year old Lyman Spar-T turret press and used it for maybe 20 years until its detent ball finally broke. My oldest son is using it now, hows that for a well made product? That is why I prefer Lyman Turret Presses, but the Lyman Turret is strong enough for swaging bullets ( by placing a thin spacer behind it) and I really appreciate all of that strength. The Redding is Great! The RCBS is Great. The LEE is Great. Its just a matter of personal preference as all of them are good.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:40 AM
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I`ve used my original Lyman Turret press for around 35 years and had excellent service from it.
I also have RCBS and Lee presses, and still prefer my Lyman for ease of use.
It comes down to how often you are going to use it and for what quantities of ammo to be be relaoded?
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:04 AM
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Congratulations on your purchase. Redding makes fine tools.

If you do get a second turret you may want to outfit it with specialy dies like a dedicated decapping die or primer pocket swaging die or rem prime die or whatever. That's what I did on my LCT.
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The Bonanza press will align the shell beccause of the design of the shell holder.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:41 PM
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Is that correct? The shell holder captures and centers the brass but the die aligns itself to the case because it has movement in its holder.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:49 AM
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I've had he origional version for probably more then 20 years and still love it. And I am told by guys with the new one that its even better.
I've had one for over 40 years...still works great! I'm sure the new ones are great presses, I've always had good luck with Lyman products.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:47 PM
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I'm curious about something I recently read in the reviews of various turret presses. It was said that the turret actually has several thousands of an inch loose play and moves up and down some when pressure is applied. Is this true with all turret presses? I am wondering how it would affect accurate bullet seating if the turret moves under pressure. I believe in the review the guy said he actually seated his bullets in his single stage because of the accuracy element.
On a Lee press the turret does move some. It can't be so tight that it won't index so there is a few thousandths tolerance. But, the turret moves the same distance every time so there is no appreciable variation in bullet seating. Variations are more likely to occur from bullet ogive variations and diffferences is brass, etc.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:10 AM
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After using the Redding Turret for a while, I must say that I am very impressed with the rock solid stability of this machine. If the turret gives any, it is not noticable by eye. Using the Hornady concentricy machine gauge run-out, it also turns out more consistant ammo than the Lee did. My only concerns with the design of the press is the spring and ball detent that locks the turret into position. The first time I changed turrets I lost the little bearing ball down the HVAC register Redding was very helpful and sent me several more in the event it ever happened again. If they ever go out of business... well you get the point! The other issue was the spent primers would flip out onto the floor if you were not using their priming arm tosend them down the tube (I had the same issue with the Lee single stage for that matter). Since I use a hand primer, this was an aggravation I had not anticipated. Fortunately, someone on this site recommended a fix for this problem. I cut a piece of plastic tubing and slid it through the ram so the primers would fall into the tube, which worked very well. I am also enjoying the extra turrets because they cut down the time I spent adjusting dies.

Please keep in mind that I am still a novice at the reloading game, and this was not meant to be a knock on Lee or any other products. In fact, when I was still using the Lee press I had not read about squaring up dies, etc. Consequently, there was as much user error as problems with the machines. My desire to purchase a different press was based on the premise that turrets were more efficient and I wanted to get the best I could afford at the time.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:53 AM
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243Ranger - which Lee turret press did you have?
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Since the box is long past gone, I believe it was the anniversery edition. My dad has the classic version, which is much more solid than mine (with the bushings). It seemed I could never get the bushings solid and there was always movement in the dies. As I said, I may have been doing something wrong, but I have not had that problem with the Redding
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“I am wondering how it would affect accurate bullet seating if the turret moves under pressure”

I can not go into detail but as the event took on a life it its own I could only observe and listen, not believing what was happening.

243 Ranger, bullet seating? I have old dies for seating that required hand pressure, I have old Herters that have handles that will render a case scrap by their weight alone when seating, so I will assume sizing is the issue with presses with cantilevers, I have strain gages, deflection gages and dial indicators for measuring flex and deflection. Herters in the old days had literature advertising the strength of their press when compared to other brands, they used strain type gages and dial indicators. When a persistent reloader disregards methods and techniques and does not understands the case can have excessive resistance to sizing for different reasons even the best press will raise the top of the press and lower the bottom.

I have the 6 position Herters turret press, I do not know about the first few years it was used but I know it has gotten a work out since I purchased it. I have the Herters ‘U’ type press and the two ram press etc., When it comes to forming cases the 6 position Herters press is my first choice. All of my Herters ‘cam over’, again, I have 4 RCBS Rock Chuckers, two of them have Piggy Back attachments installed on them, none of my Rock Chuckers cam over, they lock up, jam up cram up or bind up, not a problem, I am not in the habit of abusing a press, if the top of my press starts to separate from the bottom of the press I am doing something wrong.

I have a Dake arbor press, the shell holder mounts in the ram, I use it to form cases to barrel chambers, nothing like forming a case in a chamber to determine what reamer was used, and never forget to lube the case.

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:05 AM
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"I have a Dake arbor press, the shell holder mounts in the ram, I use it to form cases to barrel chambers, nothing like forming a case in a chamber to determine what reamer was used, and never forget to lube the case.

F. Guffey"

I'd like to see a picture of that if you have one.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:43 AM
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Exclamation Lyman Products (junk)

You can buy their garbage, cheaper, maybe so, but the day you call for support (sic) YOU MAY REMEMBER WHAT i AM TELLING you. I have a Lyman DPS 3 that nearly destroyed my rifle and me. I told it to throw 42 grains. After two charges I verified the charge, 42 grains, at the end of the charging I finished the reloading and went to verify the load would work with my particular bullets. First shot blew my thumb off the rear of the bolt. I released the bolt and there was a hole in the primer!!! Two succeeding shots and it was more of the same, except the face of the cartridge had an impression from the bolt, and a ridge of brass that was 3/16 proud of the face of the case. I sent it off to them and to date I have yet to receive my scale. Did I say that this was in September. Complete garbage, and so too for the customer support.
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Hay, I'm new here. Trying to sort out how to use this vast form.. I bought a Lyman T mag in an auction with one head. $60. The bolt that holds the head on ;looks like it come from the hardware store. Has anyone ever heard of the large top bolt needing to be replaced? Threads striped?
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Hay, I'm new here. Trying to sort out how to use this vast form.. I bought a Lyman T mag in an auction with one head. $60. The bolt that holds the head on ;looks like it come from the hardware store. Has anyone ever heard of the large top bolt needing to be replaced? Threads striped?
I have not hear of it going like that but it takes a spl. bolt.The one I got back in the mid 80's did not have any problems yet with it. but Lyman dose not have a replacement bolt for it Would need to have a machienest make one. What I did is get a single stage press and do all my deprime and size all my cases on it.i got a use one. Then do just about everything on the T press.Sound like the one that had yours had broke the bolt.
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I've had he origional version for probably more then 20 years and still love it. And I am told by guys with the new one that its even better.
I agree. All my IPSC match ammo was loaded on the Spar T (sorry I don't remember what the new ones are called).
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